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Metascience

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 643–648 | Cite as

For a better understanding of causality

Phyllis McKay Illari, Federica Russo, Jon Williamson (eds): Causality in the sciences. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, xiii+938pp, £95 HB
  • Alexander GebharterEmail author
  • Gerhard Schurz
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After causality was a more or less stepmotherly treated concept for many decades, it became step by step more important for the sciences since the turn of the twenty-first century. This development happened mainly thanks to computer scientists’ and philosophers’ invention of formal approaches to investigate causal relations by means of graphical models and to the insight that these models can be applied to explain/predict empirical data. These days, more and more researchers see the potential of these approaches to shed a new light on their fields of research. On the other hand, these causal models and philosophical understanding of the nature of causality in general can strongly benefit from a close cooperation with the researchers working in the respective sciences. Causality in the Sciences provides evidence for the aforementioned current development and offers insight into many of the most current points of contact between philosophy and the sciences concerning causality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyHeinrich-Heine-University DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

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